Tag Archives: Austin City Council Audit and Finance Committee

Thursday, June 27, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Tovo envisions changes to Second Street parking

With budget season approaching, Council members are thinking about what they can do to cut costs and increase revenues in their final budget with an 8 percent tax cap. Because of legislative action, next year’s tax cap will fall to…

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 by Andrew Weber

City audit says Austin police could be better about keeping track of body camera footage

The Austin Police Department is still working out the kinks in its body camera program, according to a new city audit.The report released today by the city auditor’s office looked at footage from 151 body cam videos from Aug. 1,…

Friday, May 31, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Audit finds city has ‘poor’ leasing practices

An analysis of the city’s leasing practices has called for widespread changes in coordination and oversight across city departments, after pointing out a number of inefficiencies and lost revenue that could cost $75 million over the next 30 years.The city…

Thursday, May 30, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Maintenance needs could prompt future elections

“You don’t have to step very far away from City Hall to find some facilities that are badly in need of maintenance,” Deputy Chief Financial Officer Ed Van Eenoo told the Council Audit & Finance Committee on Wednesday.But funding maintenance…

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 by Andrew Weber

Austin can afford to build only 3% of the 2,580 miles of sidewalk it wants, audit finds

The city of Austin has the resources to build out only 3 percent of its missing sidewalks, according to a new city audit.The mobility bond Austin voters approved in 2016 set aside $37.5 million to build and maintain city sidewalks…

Thursday, February 28, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Austin’s homeless population still growing

Despite the expenditure of millions of city and federal dollars, and the fact that Austin’s efforts are frequently cited as best practices in other cities, homelessness is still on the rise here.Ann Howard, executive director of the Ending Community Homelessness…

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 by Andrew Weber

City audit says Austin doesn’t effectively help people get out of homelessness – or measure progress

A new audit of the homelessness service providers in Austin says the city doesn’t always hold providers accountable.The report from the City Auditor found nine of the city’s largest contracts in 2017 met city benchmarks for service only about half…

Friday, December 7, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Transportation Dept. faulted in right-of-way audit

When Austinites are asked for their top complaints about the city, one of the most frequent responses relates to traffic. The central city is particularly congested and contractors working in the right-of-way exacerbate the problem.According to a report released by…

Thursday, December 6, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Homeowners share stories of home repair anguish

Austin city auditors found the Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Department home rehabilitation loan program left a significant number of homeowners unhappy with the work contractors did and frequently missed its own goals over a three-year period, fiscal years 2015-2017.…

Thursday, September 27, 2018 by Jo Clifton

APD to make changes in mental health cases

As a result of Austin Police Department policies, “people experiencing a mental health crisis in Austin may be at higher risk of having a negative police interaction than people in a city that more closely aligns with best practices,” according…

Thursday, August 16, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Should Board of Adjustment have outside counsel?

Two members of the city’s Board of Adjustment argued strenuously in favor of providing outside legal counsel for the board when it is interpreting city code, but the assistant city attorney who has been advising the board for several years…

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Traffic law enforcement still a not topic

Even though traffic law enforcement and street safety is a top priority for the Austin Police Department, the majority of officers have little time to devote to such enforcement, given their other priorities, such as responding to citizens’ calls and…

Monday, July 2, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Visit Austin audit revised

The City Council Audit and Finance Committee accepted the results of an audit of the contract between the city and Visit Austin at last week’s meeting. The audit did not find any significant contract compliance issues with Visit Austin, which…

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Committee wants more responses from chief

The City Council Audit and Finance Committee accepted an audit from the Office of the City Auditor Monday that faulted the city’s processes in dealing with recommendations from the Citizen Review Panel to the chief of police. All the members…

Friday, June 1, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Health department faulted in foundation audit

Members of the city auditor’s staff have found that Austin Public Health’s monitoring process for contracts with the African-American Youth Harvest Foundation has been ineffective and that the department cannot verify that the foundation has fulfilled the intended purpose of…

Thursday, May 24, 2018 by Jack Craver

Audit says city needs better data on homeless population

What does it mean to be homeless? It depends who you ask.The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development applies the term to a variety of living situations, including people living in places “not meant for human habitation,” those in…

Monday, April 30, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Committee fails to endorse lobbying rules changes

The City Council Audit and Finance Committee voted unanimously on Wednesday to forward changes to the anti-lobbying ordinance proposed by the city staff to the full Council, but did so without a recommendation. Three members of the committee, Mayor Pro…

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Audit raises questions about on-call pay

Although Austin has a citywide procedure governing on-call and call-back pay, the Office of the City Auditor has found that the procedure is not consistently applied, and the city’s Human Resources Department has apparently not evaluated call-back pay since 2012.…

Thursday, January 25, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Council members blast city savings program

Members of the City Council Audit and Finance Committee on Wednesday expressed outrage over the lack of oversight exercised by the city’s Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Department in administering a program designed to help low-income residents learn how to…

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Audit: Lax oversight in city savings program

City employees overseeing a program to help low-income residents pay for school, buy a home or start a business failed to provide the oversight necessary to prevent waste of city and federal dollars, according to a draft audit from the…

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